the service quite independently of all State military organisations.
Promotions and commissions had been frequently offered him by the General, but he refused them all, preferring to be bound to no particular line of duty, but to fight, to use an American phrase, on his own hook.
He was accustomed to go entirely alone upon the most dangerous scouting expeditions.
With his own hand he had killed more than thirty of his country's enemies, and had never received the slightest injury, until June 1863, when, in the great cavalry battle at Brandy Station a shell from a Federal battery terminated his heroic exploits with his life.
Captain Farley was of medium stature, but he was sinewy, and strongly built, and capable of great endurance.
His expression of countenance was singularly winning, and had something of feminine tenderness; indeed, it seemed difficult to believe that this boy, with the long fair hair, the mild blue eyes, the soft voice and modest mien, was the daring dragoon who